October 15, 2007 - HARROGATE, TN – Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) will hold a series of events on Saturday, October 20, 2007, to celebrate the opening of Tennessee’s newest medical school.

The day will begin with the White Coat Ceremony for LMU-DCOM’s Inaugural Class, the Class of 2011. Dr. Peter B. Ajluni, president of the American Osteopathic Association, will be the keynote speaker. The White Coat Ceremony will take place in the Tex Turner Arena at LMU.

The White Coat Ceremony is a special ceremony designed to mark a student's entrance into medical school. The first White Coat Ceremony was held in 1993 at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and is now a standard ritual in medical schools across the country. During the Ceremony, each medical student is presented and "robed" with his or her short white laboratory coat, formalizing and welcoming the student's entrance into the study of medicine.

Over 2,000 applicants sought out a spot in the LMU-DCOM inaugural class, meaning there were 13 applications for each seat in the class. The LMU-DCOM inaugural class is approximately 60% male, 40% female. Roughly 40% of the class members hail from the tri-state region. The rest come from virtually every state in the nation, from California to New York. The average age is 26.

The celebration will continue at noon with the LMU-DCOM Building Dedication Ceremony, which will be held on the South Patio of the LMU-DCOM building (facing 25-E). During this Ceremony, the 4-story, 105,000 square foot, state-of-the-art building will be formally dedicated to the school’s mission: to prepare osteopathic physicians who are committed to the premise that the cornerstone of meaningful existence is service to humanity. The Honorable Zach Wamp, Congressman for the Third District in Tennessee, will be the keynote speaker. Additional remarks will be made by The Honorable John Duncan, Congressman for the Second District in Tennessee.

On May 5, 2006, LMU broke ground on the LMU-DCOM facility. In just one year, the state-of-the-art LMU-DCOM building was completed. The building rivals medical education facilities found at much larger universities throughout the nation, and includes two large auditoria with smart classroom technology, a large Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) laboratory, a high-tech anatomy lab, ten clinical exam rooms with digital video capturing capabilities, computerized simulation manikin labs, a Learning Resource Center, student lounges and study rooms, and wireless high-speed Internet throughout. Public tours of the building will be available following the Building Dedication Ceremony beginning at 1 pm.

The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide healthcare in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7082, e-mail, or visit us online at

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